Scott Bailey’s review published on Letterboxd:
WALL•E is PIXAR Animation Studios' ninth feature film, and the third one to be directed by Andrew Stanton, and in my mind this is one of PIXAR's most creative, original and is in my opinion the most risky of any previous entries.
Set in a dystopian future where the Earth is inhabitable and is overrun with garbage, WALL•E is seemingly alone on earth, with his only friend being a seemingly indestructible pet cockroach. He is a loveable E.T./Johnny 5 robot and WALL•E has spent 700 years doing what he was designed to do, trying to clean up earth.
The first half of WALL•E maybe light on plot, but it simply doesn't matter. WALL•E just has this wonderful childlike humanity about him, and it's just so charming to watch. When he is by himself you see how he develops very human trait, like his love with watching musicals and just finding basic inanimate objects fascinating. I love that part where he finds a bra and puts it over his eyes. :)
When the mysterious new robot EVE is brought to earth WALL•E falls hopelessly in love with her, with hardly any dialogue at all this film relies entirely on its atmosphere and it's characters. This was just pure magic to watch in my opinion and I just found myself feeling so swept by this part of the movie, I honestly felt like I could have just watched an entire film with just these two on earth together and I wouldn't have minded at all. The interactions was just beautiful to watch because of the way they are animated, both characters have a minimalistic design yet they always feel fully expressive, especially with the way WALL•E's eyes are always at an angle.
This part of the movie was beautiful to watch, not just because of the romance, but because it really shows the importance of friendship and companionship, because of this I found it just as devastating as WALL•E did at that moment EVE completes her mission shuts down and can't interact. Faced with a loneliness that he was absolutely fine with before, the thought of returning to it is simply too much to bare.
Once the movie gets to the spaceship, where humans have been living for hundreds of years, I have to admit I didn't find the film nearly as strong afterwards, but it stays true to what the movie was always about and that is the environmental message and the importance of looking after the World. It is hammered in and is slightly preachy with it, but maybe that is also what makes the first half of the film so compelling to begin with.
It still stays an engaging experience though and I just found the different functions the other robots have are just fascinating, particularly the cleaner M-O. All of them are created with so much personality and charm, plus the scenes in outer space are just stunningly beautiful to watch.
The animation is simply groundbreaking and has a very different and a much more distinct look about it than any other PIXAR. The landscapes and environment around them as well the use of reflections just looks very real and life like. It is convincing you are looking at a real dystopian World and not a cartoon one.
I've heard this is a film adults like more than children do, which I find very believable. The lack of dialogue at the start might be something that is difficult to grab someone who is very young, but to me though the power PIXAR's movies have always had over the years is that they have staying power and really grow on you more as an adult. The Toy Story movies are a first hand account for me where where they were fun to watch seeing them as a child, but I could only truly appreciate the emotional depth to them as an adult.
WALL•E is simply one of PIXAR's most beautiful and groundbreaking experiences. It is just adorable and times just pure magic. A must watch.
Note: If you have the DVD/Blu Ray of this, be sure to watch the Animated shorts BURN•E, which is a short spin-off to WALL•E and Presto, which is a hilarious short with a lot of slapstick humour and rapid fire gags that resembles the classic Looney Tunes shorts.